Inspiring Australians youths as one of the youngest solo sailor in the world
Australian sailor Jessica Watson has made history as one of the youngest persons in the world to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted across the globe. Being the Young Australian of the Year in 2011, as well as a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012, Jessica Watson remains one of Australia’s greatest sporting inspirations.
Born and raised in the Gold Coast, Jessica spent a lot of her childhood years on the water with her family. Inspired by Jesse Martin and Kay Cottee’s adventures sailing around the world, Jessica set her eyes on beating their achievements.
At the age of 16, Jessica departed Sydney and spent 210 days alone at sea, making her the youngest person to sail around the world non-stop.
In recognition for her incredible effort, Jessica was awarded the prestigious Young Australian of the Year title in 2011. In the same year, she skippered the youngest crew ever to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, ultimately finishing second in their category. In 2012, Jessica received an Order of Australia Medal for her services to sailing and being a role model to the youth of Australia.
Jessica continues to inspire with her writing through her viral blog, as well as with her best-selling books “True Spirit” and “Indigo Blue”. She also filmed a documentary about her solo trip, which was narrated by Sir Richard Branson. “True Spirit” has also been adapted into a Netflix movie which was released in February 2023.
An adventurous and inspiring speaker, Jessica draws on her experiences to encourage others to achieve their dreams.